For 2012 the spectrum of design trends is broad and more eclectic than years passed. From nature to historical references and far-flung destinations, diversity of influence is shaping the looks of 2012. I had the pleasure of putting together the shows “Pop-Up Vignettes” featuring items from exhibitors, including many Quality Canadian Furniture manufactures. Over my next four blogs I’ll be telling you a little about each trend, so enjoy! (Be sure to comment on what you fave trend is on the Quality Canadian facebook page)
Back to Black
Slightly mysterious with touches of masculinity… this look is rich, luxurious, well crafted and very dark. Imagine a 1920’s Park Avenue apartment, with classic lines, full of dark wood, leather, velvet, intricately carved furnishings finished by culturally rich accessories (pen and ink sketches, black marble mantles, ebony sculptures). Black painted walls, ceilings and dark wooden floors complete this look. Not for the faint of heart, Black-to-Black has a timeless appeal and is for those confident in their sense style.
Birds of a Feather
Nest chair by RETRO REGENERATION by Collection International Interiors Inc. www.retroregeneration.com , Throw by Merben International www.merben.com , Floor lamp by Gen-Lite Industries www.genlite.com
Fresh, floating and feminine, this look, taken from the couture runways embodies a spirit of youth and softness. Seen as in print in fabrics, wallpapers and on area rugs the feather motif brings a whimsical touch to the home. Delicate Ostrich plumes adorn accessories from ornamental wreaths to mantle displays, creating a look that allows a space to simply exhale.
Blanket box by Jonika International www.jonikainternational.com, Vases and throw pillows by The Turquoise Palace www.theturquoisepalace.com , Large vase by Down the Beaten Path www.downthebeatenpath.com
Taken from an era that embraced a sense of fun, excitement and wanderlust, faded Chinoiserie is simply a softer version of this now classic style of design. A mixture geometric lattice prints and organic elements (plants, flowers, butterflies, dragons) define this look and are presented in muted pastels with gentle patina. Crystal, gold and mercury glass complement the over all feel of Faded Chinoiserie.
Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.
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